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khusho in salah

For years I was reading salah without khusho. I didn`t know that for the salah to be accepted by Allah khusho is important. Now I know and alhamdolillah am getting better at it. Here I will share a few tips on how I improve my Khusho in salah.

  • Soften your heart with repentence

Throughout the day we do so many bad deeds. Some we know are wrong, and some we don`t even know are wrong. Those bad deeds make our heart hard. When we have a hard heart we can`t have khusho. So soften your heart with reading some dhikr and astagfar like the third kalima: “Subhan Allahi wal hamdo lillahi va lailaha illallaho vallaho akbar. Valla havla walla kuvata illa billa hilaliyil azeem”. You can say it about 100 times before you read the salah, when you have time. It really helps to keep khusho in the salah. Read this article of how to ask for forgiveness if and when we have many sins.

 Some points of how to gain khusho in salah

  • Do properly wudhu before every salah. It helps you to calm down before you pray. Read about the benefits of wudhu here.
  • Try to listen to the adhaan 5 times daily. When Satan hears the call to prayer, he runs away to a distance like that of a distance of thirty-six miles from Medina. Abu Hurayra reported the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) as saying: When Satan hears the call to prayer, he turns back and breaks the wind so as not to bear the call being made, but when the call is finished he turns round and distracts (the minds of those who pray), and when he bears the Iqama he again runs away so as not to hear its voice and when it subsides, he comes back and distracts (the minds of those who stand for prayer).
  • The room of prayer should be simple and without anything that can and will distract you. Keep it simple.
  • The Prophet (pbuh) said: “When one of you prays, let him pray facing a sutrah, and let him draw close to it.”
  • Do dhikr or meditate before the salah or a lot throughout the day. When you are at work or anything else just do some dhikr while you are busy doing your work, it will keep you close to Allah, in sha Allah. The more we remember Allah outside the prayer the more we are able to have khusho while we are praying.
  • Remember death and the difficulties of the grave.
  • Know the meaning/interpretation of what you are reading in the salah. Try to memorize sentence by sentence what the arabic in the salah means. When you know what you are reading you will also feel the awe in standing before your Lord.
  • Know Allah. Know how Magnificent and Great He is. Learn more about his attributes and you will experience an awe when you are reading the salah.
  • Don`t be hasty. Read slowly in a slow pace without rushing through. Stop after every sentence and have a little pause. That is the sunnah way of reading it too.
  • Read the Quran daily, so you feel a connection with the book and its message, that will also keep your khusho on top.
  • Bounce back fast. When your thought slips away, simply bounce back, and think of the meaning. Don`t let one or two slips ruin your khusho because you get to angry that you are thinking of something else.
  • Read the ayah over and over again. When my khusho is low it helps for me to read one ayah repeatedly, and then the khusho comes back. Our sahabi used to read one ayah the whole night because he found many benefits from it. So reading the sentences over and over again will help you in maintaining your khusho.
  • Read different surah`s in the rakat`s. That will increase the concentration, and you will have to concentrate on what you say. It won`t get boring and you will keep you khusho.
  • Keep the light turned low. I sence that my khusho is better in a room where the light is low than in a bright room.
  • If it is Ramadan, don`t over-eat before you pray the salah. If the stomach is too full the khusho will be on a low level.

When you have khusho in salah, you can feel that your fingers or the whole hand gets numbed. You feel as there is a warm energy of light above you that is watching you and very close. You feel nearness to Allah, as He is with you.  “The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: ‘When a son of Adam recites a Sajdah* and prostrates, satan withdraws weeping, saying: ‘Woe is me! The son of Adam was commanded to prostrate and he prostrated, and Paradise will be his; I was commanded to prostrate and I refused, so I am doomed to Hell.’” Therefore be thankful that you are one of those whom does pray. May Allah grant us all to become khashieen and help us in becoming better and better at worshipping Him and may Allah accept our good deeds and give us ajr azeem for them, ameen summa ameen.

fajr on timeA hadis sharif says that the things that brings you closer to Allah is: obeying your parents, to read the prayer on time, and jihad. Therefore it is important to try to pray every prayer at its appointed time. Though in the summer time the fajr prayer is very difficult to pray because there are only three hours between isha and fajr. And for those of us who work we have to wake up quite early to get to work, and need at least some sleep, to be able to do our work.

Allah has made it easy for us. One day a woman came to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) with her husband. She complainted that her husband didn`t read salatulfajr on time, so can you please speak to him. The Prophet (pbuh) talked, why don`t you read fajr on time. He answered that he works til late and just is not able to wake up so early because of that. The Prophet (pbuh) than replied, read the salah when you wake up. SubhanAllah. Even though prayer on time is important, Allah don`t want to burden us more than we can bear.

They asked the Prophet (pbuh) about when they slept past the salat. He (pbuh) said: ” there is no negligence in sleep, negligence is only while one is awake. So when one of you forgets a salah, or sleeps through it, then let him pray it when he remembers it. (Jami`At-Tirmidhi, Sahih).

This doesn`t mean that we don`t set the alarm at fajr time and sleep through the night. First priority is to start praying, second is praying on time. If you don`t pray the fajr prayer at all because you don`t get time to wake up than you need to pray it as soon as you remember. Than when you in sha Allah start praying all the five prayers, you will try your best that you read them on time and don`t miss the fajr prayer also.

May Allah guide us and keep us on the straight path and help us to read all the five prayers at their appointed time, in sha Allah ameen summa ameen.

188983_10151478508729496_344954689_nVi som er født i en muslimsk familie og vokst opp som en muslim er ikke nødvendigvis en bedre muslim enn en konvertitt som nettopp har konvertert. Ofte så ser man at individer som er født opp oppvokst i en muslimsk familie ikke bruker hijab, går med trange klær, ber ikke og går ikke i mosken, eller har ikke skjegg, har damer, går på fester og lignende. På den andre siden kan man møte en konvertitt som har begynt å be, lese koran på sitt språk, går til mosken, prøver å skaffe seg muslimske venner etc. Å bli født muslim betyr ikke nødvendigvis at man er en bra muslim.

Feilen kan ofte ligge både i familien og det miljøet man vokser opp i. Dersom foreldrene passer på at barna i tidlig alder lærer om islam og får seg bra muslimske venner, kan mye være løst. Man må også la dem vokse opp et sted hvor miljøet er bra og det ikke er mange ungdommer som henger på hjørnet av nærmeste sjappe og røyker.

Ungdommer som ikke tar islam seriøst i en tidlig alder, angrer ofte på det senere i livet. For tro meg, før eller senere kommer du nærmere din religion. Ofte nærmere tredve-årsalderen begynner flere muslimer å venne tilbake til å bli mer praktiserende. Har man da før i alderen levd et utagerende liv, kan det være mye å bøte på, men man er uansett ikke fortapt. For Allah tilgir alle synder så lenge man ber om tilgivelse og prøver iherdig å holde seg unna det. Selv de som synder flere ganger. Dersom de har sincerely bedt om tilgivelse til Allah for det, og havner i den samme synden er sjansen for at de kan tilgis, om de har vært sincere i sin dua når de ba til Allah og sa at de skulle prøve å holde seg unna det. Allah liker en som synder og spør om sincere tilgivelse flere ganger bedre enn en som leser salah eller gjør gode gjerninger uten å være ydmyk.

Vi mennesker vet ikke bedre. Allah vet alt. Han vet alt om oss. Vi kan gå rundt og tro bra om et menneske men i realiteteten er det bare Allah som vet best om det er bra eller ikke. Uansett hvor mye vi prøver å spionere på noen vil vi ikke kunne være der hele tiden. Allah ER der hele tiden og vet alt. Uansett er spionering haram i islam og dersom du har gjort det bør du bøte for det og gjøre tawbah og spørre om unnskyldning. Siden dersom den personen du har spionert på ikke gir deg tilgivelse vil du ha problemer på jugdement day! Vi er ikke her for å dømme noen. Og den dagen vi begynner med det har vi gjort shirk siden bare Allah kan dømme mennesker. Vi vet ingenting om hverandre.

Det betyr ikke at det ikke er håp for oss. Det er håp for ethvert menneske som ønsker å forbedre seg og bli en bedre muslim. Man starter ofte i de små som for jenter ikke bruke trange klær, begynne med hijab, kle seg anstendig, ikke ha guttevenner, begynne å be, lære mer om islam osv. Og for gutter å spare til skjegg, gå i moskeen på fredager, be i moskeen ofte, lære mer om Islam, bli mer praktiserende.

Når det ytre først er på plass, som f,eks hijab for jenter versus skjegg for gutter, at man ber fem ganger daglig, lærer seg dua og kalima utenat, lærer mer om Islam og tar de fem søyler mer seriøst, da kan man begynne å tenke på det indre. Da kan man begynne å prøve å få en bedre konsenstrasjon i bønnene. Da kan man prøve å forbedre niyat sin før hver handling og gjøre det for Allahs skyld for å få mer gode gjerninger i sin bok om gjerninger. Da kan man prøve å være et bra menneske for omgivelsene for så å bli en bedre muslim. Å være et bra menneske er ofte ensbetydende med å være en god muslim. Man kan ikke være en god muslim hvis man ikke er et bra menneske. Da kan kan begynne å skrape litt i de indre egenskapene og sakte men sikkert kvitte seg med negative egenskaper som hindrer din vekst i å bli en momin /suveren muslim.

Det er viktig å prøve å holde seg i et bra miljø dersom man ønsker å forbedre seg. Dersom du går med de samme vennene som finner på mye tull, vil de sakte men sikkert dra med seg deg i det tullet også. Prøv heller å distansèr deg litt fra de dårlige vennene dine og prøv å skaff deg bedre venner som også ønsker å være en god muslim. Du finner de i moskeen. Begynn å gå ofte i moskeen for der er det flere som ønsker å lære mer og bli et bra menneske. Ikke la deg lure av de som tror du ikke får til noe. Hvis du bestemmer deg er det du som er sjefen over deg selv og kan bestemme deg på sekundet.

Det er bare du som vet hva du greier, og dersom man jobber hardt og iherdig er det ingenting som kan være i veien for at netttopp du en dag blir en flott mominah/momin (jente/gutt some er en suveren muslim). Du må være litt sta og ikke la deg stoppe så greier du det. Og husk det er aldri forsent for noen. Jeg har hørt dawah historier om konvertitter som først fant Islam da de var 80 år. Hvis de kan bli beskyttet fra helvete pga av en reell sincere dua om tilgivelse. Hva kan ikke vi gjøre?

Islam er den religionen som vil gi deg evig liv i paradiset dersom du følger dens lover. Dersom du gjør det den sier og holder deg unna det den forbyr. Da vil du være i paradiset for evig tid hvor du ikke vil oppleve noe som er forferdelig, alt vil bare være bra hele tiden. Hva er vel et liv på 80 år mot evigheten? Det kan dessverre ikke sammenlignes. Ikke la deg bli lurt av denne verden, tenk heller hvor du vil tilbringe evigheten i paradiset eller helvete? Valget er ditt:)

Det finnes forskjellig grader av muslimer. Den første er fasiq; er en som synder noen ganger og gjør gode gjerninger iblant, den andre er momin; det er en som greier å holde seg unna synding og gjør det mininumet (farz) som skal til for å komme til paradiset. En mohsin er en som gjør minimummet som kreves og det lille ekstra som skal til. Så han ber både farz sunnah og gjør nawafil gjerninger. Han gjør det lille ekstra som skal til for å gjøre alt som Allah sier han skal. Han ber som om han ser Allah og er nærme Allah. Tenk litt på hvor du er og hvor du ønsker å være i disse gradene og kjemp for å forbedre deg. Og spør Allah om hjelp, han er den som kan gjøre alt.

Husk å be for alle dine muslimske brødre og søstre i Islam når du ber dine bønner. Vi alle kan trenge litt motivasjon iblant. Måtte Allah gi hidayah til ethvert menneske og hjelpe oss alle gjennom enhver vanskelighet, gi oss et flott liv og den beste evigheten i paradiset for evig tid. Ameen summa ameen. 🙂

Every time the slave wants to turn his thoughts towards Allah, thoughts of other matters come sneaking in his mind. The shaytan is like a bandit lying in wait to launch an ambush, every time the slave wants to travel towards Allah, the shaytan wants to cut off his route. For this reason it was said to one of the salaf: ” The non-muslims say that they don`t suffer from the problem of vasvas. He said; ” They are speaking the truth, for what would the shaytan want with a house that is in ruins ? “.

This is a good analogy. It is as if there were three houses: the house of a king, filled with his treasure and savings, the house of the slave, containing his treasure and savings, and an empty house with nothing in it. If a thief comes to steal from one of the three houses, which one will he choose?

When the slave stands up to pray, the shaytan feels jealous of him, because he is standing in the greatest position, one that is closest to Allah and most annoying and grevious to shaytan. SO he tries to stop him from establishing prayer in the first place, then he continues trying to entice him and make him forget until he thinks of prayer as less important, so he starts to neglect it, and eventually gives it up altogether.

If the shaytan fails to achieve this, and thus the person ignores him and starts to pray, the enemy of Allah will come and try to distract him, by reminding him of things that he did not remember or think of before he started praying. A person may have forgotten about something altogether, but the shaytan will remind him of it when he starts praying. So as to distract him from his prayers and take him away form Allah, so that his heart is no longer in his prayers, and he will lose honour and reward from Allah turning toward him, which is only attained by the one whose heart is really in his prayer. Thus, he will finish his prayer no better off than when he started. With his burden of sins not reduced at all by the salah, because prayer only expiates for sins when it is done properly, with perfect khusho.

These are all extracts taken out of the book Al-Khushoo humility and devotion in prayer. IF you want some guidelines about how you can increase your khusho, i recommend you to buy the book at Darussalam. They still had a few copies left since i was at the site.

Our salat is our prayer and sort of our call to our Lord five times daily throughout the day. After the obligatory prayer it is a good thing to pray to your Lord. One should ask our Allah for everything, be it any thing in our life. Allah is our Sustainer and takes care of our needs. One should always also pray for everyone else as the whole Muslim Ummah as well because when ones prayer for ones muslims are answered as an angel at our shoulders say and you shall have likewise. Praying for ones absent muslims reduces the grudges one can have.

After tasbhih ones should praise Allah subhanwuatalah. After that recite drud sharif. And after that prayer for yourself and at the end for your the Ummah. Drud sharif at the end. Our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) used to pray in sujood as well. That is a very nice way of the prayer InshaAllah being fulfilled.

Another thing is that if your prayer isn`t answered either it’s not made to happen because something better is waiting for you or else it could be that your rizk, clothes or your food is haraam. In that case your prayers aren`t going to be answered.

One should also never stop to supplicate. Because than one is in one way complaining to Allah and then He will think that we are being ungrateful. And He doesn`t like that. Allah likes long prayers and that we ask for everything and that we are consistent in praying.

Before I went more frequently to the Mosque than what I do nowadays. There are a few reasons for that. For the first I think that it`s the Masjid`s people responsibility to take care of the new people who come and encourage them to come on different days they celebrate. Though what I`ve experiences is that some people treat you really bad when you are there and tries to tumko neecha dikhana. I went to a program at the sunni mosque and there all the people were talking so loudly that I couldn`t hear the program. There was no respect to the people having a program. Instead of the Masjid being a place where one comes closer to ones spirituality people use it for different things. Some rishtey are made through those places, don`t want to talk how, but I`ve heard about som aunties that work for it and the people who are there talk more about their private things instead of listening to the speech of the Maulvi or the naat-reader. So I`m quite fed up and don`t have enough encouragement to go back on another program. What can I do to change this? I`m voicing my opinion so the people at least are aware over the circumstances.

Why do we go to the Mosque/Masjid? To come closer to Allah and his Prophet (pbuh) I hope and not for other selfish reasons. What I`ve experience make me not want to go back. I remember when I was on Umrah in Saudi Arabia. Now that was a different experience. I felt I come so much closer to Allah. The salat were recited so slowly that one could think of the interpretion that one knew while they were reciting it. Simply wonderful. Nowadays because of the pressure from the other muslims the namaz or especially the taraweeh is read so fast that one has difficulties following it. I felt that the people who came to Makkah sharif or Madeena sharif they came to pray not talk. I saw people praying all over the place and it really increased my imaan. Listening to the azan and praying with all the other, I felt unity and that we all are alike in front of our Lord. Even the higher class and the middle class and the poor were on the same row. I remember there was a woman there that hadn`t that clean clothes though when she prayed prayer after the salat she was so close to Allah that I got really amazed. Though no-one was giving her their seat to sit, she found a place in-between me and the ones beside me, and I could feel like she is like a person who is more closer to Allah than a lot of people at that place. A very nice experience. I would love more of these experiences in the mosques`in Oslo Norway. Just a request 😉

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“O Allah, place light in my heart, and on my tongue light, and in my ears light and in my sight light, and above me light, and below me light, and to my right light, and to my left light, and before me light and behind me light. Place in my soul light. Magnify for me light, and amplify for me light. Make for me light and make me a light. O Allah, grant me light, and place light in my nerves, and in my body light and in my blood light and in my hair light and in my skin light.” Ameen

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Surah 105 Al Fil

Let not man be intoxicated with power, Or material resourses, They cannot defeat. The purpose of Allah. So Abrahah Ashram Found to his cost. His sacrilegious attack On the holy Fane of Allah brought about His own undoing:what seemed but frail Destroyed his mighty hosts in a day!

The foolproof tip of the day for everyone else!

USE YOUR OWN VOICE TO RAISE YOUR OPINION!

Nasiyat..

(",) My Mum always says that
you should marry someone
who loves you more than you
love him, because that man
would never ever make you cry
or be the reason that your
sheding tears. He would do
anything to always keep you
happy and satisfied (",)

Poetry

(“,) Your heart is mine and mine is yours, and so it`s been since I`ve known love`s true meaning itself, holding each others hand we stand together beneath the lovely sky, gazing towards the same destiny, just U and I (“,)

Naat/hamd-Quote of the moment :)

Saari duniya ke liye dard
se mahmor hain jo..
Ik faqat Rehmat-e-aalam
hi ka seena dekha..

Ye sab tumhara
karam hain Aka
ke baat ab tak
bani hoyi hain..

Ehsas dein toofik dein..
Phir jazbaen Siddiq dein..

Kya ye zarra likhein
Shaan Unki, jin pe
bejhein Salaam
khud Khudai..

Quote of the moment :)

Though we might sometimes
have to struggle through thick
or thin,We will receive each
other’s support to be there to
win..And we will blossom like
this through eternity..
InshaAllah
Ameen summa ameen

Når du er forent med en
du elsker, er det ingenting
du ikke klarer :)

Gode ord skaper tillit.
Gode tanker skaper
Inderlighet. God
giverglede skaper
kjærlighet:)

Mood :)

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